Following is an excerpt from my book, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story.
I’ve always had this feeling that my life would be cut short somehow along the way, and had a sense of urgency to move fast and make it big news. Cutting my career short and moving to the beautiful mountains surrounding Leavenworth, Washington in 1990, was a monster move! During the late 80’s my career with Nortel Networks in the information technology industry was at an unbelievable high point. I really didn’t deserve all this success. I was born and raised in a “second class” home for starters. Why did I deserve to become a vice president of sales of a Fortune 500 company making well into a six figure income, living in a 5000 square foot home near the Atlanta Golf and Country Club in Duluth, Georgia? Well, I worked my ass off and pushed people around and out of the way to succeed. I finally graduated from college with a BA in Management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. I was married to Judy, a beautiful blue eyed, petite, sexy, athletic and adventurous lady who loved to take a calculated risk with me. I was fortunate to have another chance at being a father with the adoption of our little girl, Sarah, who changed our lives completely. I was on the fast track and had to somehow get the hell out and take advantage of our dream to build a log home and live in the mountains before life ended. This was the kind of sense of urgency and PTSD symptom that moved me for many years; until starting life over and learning how to slow down in a small town tucked away in the beautiful Icicle Valley about two miles from town. And life begins again with a surreal feeling of being someplace very special to share with my family.